THE operator of an illegal landfill in Oakmere is appealing against a £50,000 fine imposed for allowing half a million tonnes of controlled waste to be dumped at the site.
ATA (Oakmere) LLP, of Newby Road Industrial Estate, Stockport, was also ordered to pay costs of £18,372.92 at Chester Magistrates Court on March 27.
They were charged with knowingly permitting controlled waste to be deposited on land at Euro Lynx Equestrian Development Site in Hogshead Lane, Oakmere, between February 5, 2007 and November 7, 2007 when there was no waste management licence in force.
The court heard how the operator intended to use 500,000 tonnes of waste to infill the site to raise ground levels and eventually construct a polo pitch on top of it.
Despite being aware that a licence was required from the Environment Agency for this activity, the company proceeded to accept waste at the site and dump it without any licence in place.
The waste included construction, demolition and excavation waste, and ash produced from incinerators.
Environment officer Lex Massey said: “The operator disregarded the Environment Agency’s advice regarding compliance with the necessary regulations.”
The appeal will be heard at Chester Magistrates Court on Thursday, June 18.